CityBeat - Movies http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-83-1-movies.html <![CDATA[Comparing the Supreme Identities of Captain America and Jason Bourne - ]]> There’s not a lot of critical love for the comic book genre, despite the box office status reached by mutant hordes’ and various avenging crusaders’ collective assaults.]]> <![CDATA[Filmmaker Denis Henry Hennelly Discusses Futility of Isolationism - ]]> A certain sect living in the modern world fantasizes about living off the grid, away from the pervasiveness of technology, what we perceive to be an inorganic way of life and the pettiness of human interactions.]]> <![CDATA[Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal Double Up for Head-Scratcher - ]]> Director and writer Denis Villeneuve (the French-Canadian whose Incendies was a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee in 2011) arrived at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with a double feature (Enemy and Prisoners) infused with its own moody concoction pairing doubles within doubles...]]> <![CDATA[The Tough and Tender Heart of Wes Anderson - ]]> The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest release from Wes Anderson, the precious stylist who seems intent on claiming the distinction of being the current iteration of early Woody Allen — meaning he’s adept at aggressively being himself. ]]> <![CDATA[Individual Stories Provide Ammunition in 'Generation War' - ]]> Five young adult friends from disparate backgrounds living in Germany in 1941 meet — in secret, since one of them is Jewish and therefore subject to a curfew — drink, dance and dare to dream of a shared future and success for all. ]]> <![CDATA['Prime Ministers' Studies Israel From the Inside - ]]> Richard Trank, the co-writer (with rabbi Marvin Hier) and director of The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, presents the history contained in former Israeli prime ministerial aide/speechwriter and ambassador Yehuda Avner’s bestselling book, The Prime Ministers.]]> <![CDATA[Dysfunctional Family Man: Luc Besson - ]]> Take, if you will, a picture — or how about several motion pictures stretching back all the way to 1990, almost 25 years of pictures — from Frenchman Luc Besson. Take a close look at those pictures and a theme emerges, a variation on a theme.
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<![CDATA[The ‘Secret’ Is Out as Elizabeth Olsen Continues to Attract Attention - ]]> One day soon, the narrative throughout the media will coalesce around our first impressions of Elizabeth Olsen. We will attempt to write about her, as if in hushed whispers, full of awe. “Do you remember seeing her in Martha Marcy May Marlene?” we will ask our readers, prodding them to recall that this was the moment when we started the buzz about her. ]]> <![CDATA[Reflecting Life - Nick Clooney on film's reflection of the human condition and how Hollywood finally set the record straight about the brutality of slavery]]>

As the March 2 date for this year’s Academy Awards approaches, and with it the growing suspense over who will win what, Nick Clooney follows from his Augusta, Ky., home with special interest.

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<![CDATA[Untangling the Oscar Race - The Academy's top two prizes are up for grabs after an entertaining and engaging year of film]]> While I am not known for my Oscar handicapping capabilities, let me go out on a limb here and state that this year’s telecast will offer few if any real surprises in the four performance categories.]]> <![CDATA[Iranian Filmmaker Boldly Explores Emotional Minefield - ]]> In America, our notion of family has always adhered to simplistic models. The ideal was nuclear — husband, wife and two children, preferably a boy and a girl.]]> <![CDATA[Philip Seymour Hoffman's Singular Body of Work Will Live On - ]]>

“You have to make your reputation on being honest and unmerciful.” — Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous

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<![CDATA[A Critic's Guide to the Thought-Provoking Bests of the 2014 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - ]]> When the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a screening of The Yellow Ticket, the event will signal an immersive merging of old and new...]]> <![CDATA[Bodice-Ripping Melodrama Spoils 'Labor Day' - ]]> Whip-smart dark comedy has been a signature thus far in the career of writer-director Jason Reitman, who kicked things off by skewering the marketing/promotional efforts of the tobacco industry (and American society as a whole) in Thank You for Smoking.]]> <![CDATA['Gimme Shelter' Offers Inspiring Look at a Secret War on the Home Front - ]]> Imagine, if you will, living in a hellhole, deep, dank and dark. You’re a teen forced to turn tricks by your mother to pay your own way, while also knowing that your earnings are feeding her drug habit.]]> <![CDATA[The Lasting Legacy of Roger Ebert - Crowdfunded documentary captures legendary film critic's final days and enduring influence]]>

I am Life Itself community member #888. There are at least 1,656 others. All of us, although we may never know each other by name, are bound together by one of the most influential people film history has ever known: film critic Roger Ebert. 

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<![CDATA[Pawns Seize the Crown in ‘Life of a King’ - ]]> Games teach us life lessons, and so do movies. But movies can strip away all of the metaphor and hidden machinations, showing us the broad strokes of what happened, meaning we get the highlights and the outcome — the shorthand version of the message.]]> <![CDATA[Spike Jonze Binds the Artificial and the Human in 'Her' - ]]> In an undefined future-scape, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) drifts along, penning personal letters for those who have trouble expressing emotions, dictating them into a computer and then printing them out as “handwritten” hard copies to be forwarded to loved ones.]]> <![CDATA[Most Valuable Player of 2013: Forest Whitaker - ]]> Do you recall the first time you recognized Forest Whitaker, when he was in the kind of role that made you take notice of his presence?]]> <![CDATA[Oscar Isaac Discusses His Great Performance in 'Inside Llewyn Davis' - ]]> Fitting for a film about a musician, the songs in Inside Llewyn Davis, the new release from the Coen Brothers, sneak inside your head past the images and actions onscreen, which is surprising because those frames have a haunting quality of their own.]]>